June Snow, Winds Cause Travel Problems in Wyoming
Star-Tribune, Wyoming, Associated Press, June 7, 2007
CHEYENNE — Snow, heavy rain and strong wind caused travel problems in parts of Wyoming today.
Up to 8 inches of snow fell in the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming and forced highway officials to close a section of U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell.
No unnecessary travel was recommended for U.S. 14 from Dayton to Burgess Junction.
Ronda Holwell, spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said up to 8 inches of snow had fallen in the area, causing slick spots and poor visibility.
Snow also fell in the higher elevations of northwest, central and southern Wyoming.
Heavy rain caused local flooding in parts of Campbell County, including Gillette, which has received almost double its precipitation average so far this year. Some streets and roadways were closed.
"We're trying to keep our belongings because they mean a lot to us," Gillette homeowner Terry Friedlan said today. He had been up all night setting up sump pumps and sucking up water in his basement with a wet-dry vacuum.
Local flooding was also reported in neighboring Sheridan County, where the community of Story received about 3.31 inches of precipitation Wednesday and today.
"Everywhere there's a creek, it's starting to flood," Story Volunteer Fire Chief Rex Cahhal said Thursday morning.
Strong winds also caused travel problems. An 88 mph wind gust was recorded near Cheyenne.
WYDOT advised no light trailers on Interstate 80 between Walcott Junction and Laramie and north of Cheyenne on Interstate 25 because of high winds.
The state Highway Patrol reported six accidents where tractor-trailer trucks or trailers being pulled by vehicles were blown over in southeast Wyoming.
I ran last Gorge outing this morning (a mere 10, but 5 was on relentless continious downhill gravel road Ronda pointed me too - wish I knew about it earlier, my legs are aching! All's good:) Will squeeze a couple more runs over next 5 days before I leave on Wed. Went to Bikram yesterday, but an idiot instructor who not only turned the heat off, but also opened windows once we got on the floor! It wasn't hot to beging with, I hardly broke cold sweat, he gave me looks when I protested and then tried to joke he'll bring me sweater next time. I got him second time in a raw - I need HEAT training, and Bikram should be a 105F room, I know, I used to teach it!!! 10 min before the end I walked out ticked off. Portland is back to a cold weather with barely 60F if that. I am on taper and getting anxious. I don't know what to expect with wet conditions at Bighorn (when snow will melt, we'll have more wetlands to slog through), but I plan on running strong and not giving up. How is that for goal adjustment? Thanks to everyone for awesome wishes! Can you believe Stan put my blog on his website and I am getting twice as many hits already? Well, ok, I did send him a link to my race reports per Scott Dunlap's suggestion, and it was too much hassle to separate them by names and stick them in report page, and then again, people are visiting from everywhere, I should be over the "scary stage", and yes, I do have quite some links and may be tips and at least a direction where to get more tips:) but does it mean I have to write more, less personal, more promo, or just leave it as is? I can't compare to Masters Scott and Whasatchspeedgoats :) read at your own risk! I talk family problems, menstrual periods, stomach distress, absence of clear mind and planning runs with no plans along with description of dozens of races. I just hope there is no harsh judgment in our lovely community.
Update on June 9: not bad at all
Update on June 10: or may be it is:) Click on 2007 Rocky Mountains, then go to June 9 and June 10 entries. Pics by Sue Norwood
Spring Marsh, wet feet
Porcupine AS, turn-around